Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Sizing a Text Box
In the rest of this topic, when you see the phrase “select the text box,” it means the box
itself should be selected, and the insertion point should not appear in it. For most of the
upcoming sections it does not make any difference, although in a few cases it does.
When the insertion point is l ashing in a text box, you can press Esc to select the text box itself.
You can select more than one text box at once by holding down the Shift key as you click
additional text boxes. This technique is useful when you want to select more than one text
box, for example, so that you can format them in the same way, or so that you can resize
them by the same amount.
Sizing a Text Box
The basic techniques for sizing text boxes in PowerPoint are the same for every object type
(for that matter, they are also the same as in other Ofﬁ ce applications). To resize a text
box, or any object, follow these steps:
1. Position the mouse pointer over a selection handle for the object. The mouse
pointer changes to a double-headed arrow. If you want to resize proportionally,
make sure that you use a corner selection handle, and hold down the Shift key as
2. Click and drag the selection handle to resize the object’s border.
Allowing PowerPoint to manage placeholder size and position through layouts ensures consistency among your
slides. When you start changing the sizes and positions of placeholders on individual slides, you can end up creating
consistency problems, such as headings that aren’t in the same spot from slide to slide, or company logos that shift
You can also set a text box’s size from the Size group on the Drawing Tools Format tab.
When the text box is selected, its current dimensions appear in the Height and Width
boxes, as shown in Figure 3.12. You can change the dimensions within these boxes.
You can set an exact size for a text box from the Format tab’s Size group.